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Openreach extends FTTP superfast broadband network

The latest stage of Openreach’s rollout of superfast broadband is set to benefit businesses across the UK. The infrastructure company yesterday announced the latest locations where it will install its Openreach VDSL2 or Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) lines, enabling those connected to enjoy regular super fast broadband.

According to Openreach, businesses in Bath, Bradford, Bristol, City of London, Holborn, Liverpool, Manchester, Salford and Westminster will be next on the list for connection, following extensive trials in Bradford.

The news comes on the heels of a government review into the state of business broadband in the UK announced earlier in the year.


12 million homes targeted

“Our aim is to make ultrafast broadband available to 12 million homes and businesses by the end of 2020. SMEs have told us they want an alternative to dedicated lines and that is what we are going to give them,” said Clive Selley, CEO of Openreach.

The news comes as a bonus to those businesses increasingly in need of a superfast broadband connection. As it stands, the current Openreach FTTP footprint of 300,000 premises passed is 1% of the UK.

Openreach says it has started to see the first live FTTP users in the Taw Hill area of Swindon (this follows on from the Haydon Wick area) which is one of the trial areas for much of the new working practices that are helping to reduce the hours of labour cost involved in rolling out FTTP and will feature in the Gigabit FTTP roll-out. “We are also spotting various bits of MDU FTTP in London and BDUK projects rolling out FTTP, with some sixteen chunks of FTTP added to our in the last couple of days,” said Selley.